Friday, August 11, 2017

Rainfall reports AND a weekend meteor shower

24 Hour rainfall amounts:
Liberal: 5.12"
Winfield: 1.32"
Garden City: 0.81"
Dodge City: 0.53"
Pratt: 0.43"
Goodland: 0.39"
Great Bend: 0.38"
Wichita: 0.28"
Elkhart: 0.17"
Hays: 0.10"

It's been a very long time since we've seen major hail damage like we saw yesterday in WaKeeney. The very large hail (tennis to baseball size) driven by winds of 65-70 mph does amazing things. And even though there were tornado warnings, I didn't see anything confirmed near Cedar Bluff Reservoir. However, any tornado that might have been occurring would've been completely wrapped in rain - near impossible to see.

courtesy Emily Yanda - WaKeeney

In all of the eclipse coverage lately, you may have overlooked the upcoming meteor shower for the weekend. That's right, the Perseids will be peaking Saturday night/Sunday morning. It's one of the better known meteor showers, but the problem for Kansas - clouds and possible rain. The other trouble (not just for Kansas) - the moon. It will still be bright enough it could wash out some of the more faint meteors later in the night.

So here's what you need to know if you are planning to go out in search of the shooting stars.

Weekend storm chance update:
Saturday has a chance for spotty showers/storms during the day, but there should be several dry hours. So it should not be an all day rain. And there's another chance we will see some developing storms and rain coming into the area Saturday night. I don't expect these storms will be severe.

Sunday looks mainly dry - but we will have to watch for some additional rain/storms Sunday night. Have a great weekend. 

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